At the Feet of Jesus
   Devotion for Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart by Joanna Weaver

What would it be like to sit at Jesus' feet? Join Mary, Martha, and Lazarus as they learn about God's kingdom firsthand! Drawing from her Bethany trilogy---including the best-selling Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World---Weaver's 365 devotions include daily action points, Bible passages, and topical sidebars to enrich your understanding of Christ's teaching. 384 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook, Copyright 2012.

October 3

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified. - 1 Thessalonians 4:3

Until we come to Christ, Flesh Woman sits upon the throne of both body and soul. (Flesh, remember, doesn’t just mean our physical bodies, but our natural selves unchanged by God; our lower nature, tainted by sin.)
     Even after salvation, Flesh Woman tends to call the shots. Because, although we’ve given Christ complete dominion over our spirits, He must be welcomed into the other areas of our lives. The dark corners of our hearts still need to be evangelized. Kingdoms in our souls have yet to hear the good news. And that multilevel transformation doesn’t happen all at once.
     Though our spirits are brought to life when we meet Christ, the other, more outward parts of us remain largely unchanged at first. We may feel the effects of the good news—we are happier; there is a peace and a lightness we’ve never experienced before. Yet Flesh Woman still rules in these areas—and she’s not at all happy over our conversion.
     After all, she has enjoyed unchallenged power in our lives since the day we were born. She will not give up such deep-rooted dominion without a fight. And fight she does—in any area of our lives where she’s challenged.
     When we accept the gift of salvation, the Spirit of God penetrates our spirits with the life of Jesus. But, as Ray Stedman writes, “The soul is still under the control of the flesh and remains so until the Spirit successively invades each area or relationship and establishes the Lordship of Jesus within. This is important to understand: There is a throne in every area of the human soul!"151

Having a Mary Spirit

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24
Reflect: Look up the word sanctify in a dictionary. What would being
sanctified “through and through” look like in your life?

Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Copyright © 2012 by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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